Deputy U.S. Marshal William Rufus Story

Deputy U.S. Marshal William Rufus Story

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, May 2, 1870

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William Rufus Story

Deputy Marshal William Story was shot and killed in a shootout near Grantsville, Utah.

He was attempting to arrest a suspect wanted in Nevada for murder. A sheriff's deputy from Nevada accompanied Deputy Marshal Story to a barnyard where they located the fugitive and his wife. The man's wife distracted the officers, allowing the man to grab the deputy's gun and shoot Deputy Marshal Story.

The the subject escaped but was shot and killed by a posse the following day after being tracked into a canyon. During the final shootout Posseman Festus Sprague was also shot and killed.

Deputy Marshal Story had served with the United States Marshals Service for approximately four years. He was a Union veteran of the Civil War.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Utah
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Shot and killed

fugitive, warrant

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DUSM Story,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the Union Army during the Civil War.


United States Border Patrol

April 20, 2020

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